1975 Volkswagen T2 Bay Window Kombi Van

Highlights


  • A well-preserved Bay Window Kombi Van with potential to seat 8 people
  • A more useable two-litre version in factory right hand drive configuration
  • Boasting a nicely trimmed and appointed interior 

The Appeal


The “bay window” T2 became the second generation of VW’s flexible, forward-control commercial vehicle platform in 1967. Building on the success of the split-screen, series 1 versions, the “bay window” T2 was slightly bigger and more sophisticated in many respects. The engine was bigger too with a 1.6L flat-four, and later a more powerful still 2.0L sitting out under the rear hatch.

This example has spent the vast majority of its life in the dry and sunny climes of South Africa resulting in a very well-preserved condition. It is a factory right hand drive van and boasts the more powerful and more tractable 2.0 litre, air-cooled engine. The interior is a highlight, too, proving capacious and well presented.

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The History and Paperwork


  • This bay window Kombi was manufactured in 1975
  • The van spent its entire life in the dry, arid climate of South Africa until 2022
  • In April 2022, the current owner imported the van to the UK
  • The Nova document is dated 11/05/22
  • The van was first registered here in June 2022
  • The current V5 is present in the name of the first and only UK keeper
  • The van is registered as a Historic Vehicle
  • This means the vehicle is MoT and VED exempt in the UK
  • HMRC paperwork relating to the import is also on hand

The Interior


  • This example features a very good-looking interior
  • The cab is fitted with a pair of shaped, Porsche style, sports seats
  • These are quite heavily bolstered and are complete with headrests
  • The front seats are finished in hard-wearing black vinyl
  • The seats are in a very good original condition overall
  • The cab floor is fully trimmed in fitted black carpet
  • This appears to be in an excellent condition throughout
  • The carpet extends up the rear bulkheads and most of the way up the front panel
  • The dashboard is formed from a mixture of black plastic and painted metal
  • The instrument binnacle consists of a large speedometer calibrated in KM per hour
  • A second gauge is present monitoring fuel level and other functions
  • A number of warning lights are enclosed within a third aperture
  • The original, twin spoked steering wheel is fitted
  • The passenger side of the dashboard features a lidded glove box
  • A centre radio aperture is currently empty
  • The heater controls appear to be missing
  • A floor mounted gear lever is present with original knob
  • The door cards are finished in black vinyl
  • The headlining is well fitted and consists of dark-coloured vinyl
  • This extends for the full length of the van’s roof
  • A split bulkhead is present, allowing passenger access to the rear cabin
  • The rear cabin is fitted with two full width bench seats
  • These are finished in box pleated hard-wearing black vinyl
  • The outer, nearside seat of the first bench folds forward
  • This allows access to the rearmost bench seat
  • The floor in this area is finished with a fitted, black carpet
  • The owner advises that no seat belts are fitted to the van
  • This was how the vehicle was imported from South Africa
  • The rear luggage space is accessed via the upwards opening rear hatch
  • This area is finished with a black carpet mat 
  • A full-sized spare wheel and tyre is vertically stowed here

The Exterior


  • This Kombi is presented in original looking white paintwork
  • A thick, black coach line extends down each flank and across the rear door
  • A “Volkswagen” script is encapsulated within this stripe
  • The paintwork is generally in good condition
  • The bodywork looks great, too, with no significant areas of concern noted
  • The Kombi sits on some stylish split rim alloy wheels
  • These are 17-inch, five spoke items in a good overall condition
  • These are fitted with a matching set of Goodyear Eagle tyres
  • These appear to be in good order and are in a 235/40 configuration
  • The signature sliding side door is present and slides well
  • The owner advises that a new lock set is required for this door
  • Also, no key for the door locks was supplied 
  • The extensive cabin glass looks to be original and in good order
  • All light lenses are complete and in a nice, overall condition

The Mechanics


  • Our example features the largest iteration of the boxer, air-cooled engine
  • This unit is a Type 4, 2.0L unit originally rated at around 85bhp
  • Power is fed to the rear wheels via a four-speed, manual gearbox
  • The Kombi has been fitted with a new battery
  • The engine bay can be accessed from the rear and from above
  • The condition in here looks very good
  • The walls of the engine bay look to be especially clean and original
  • On the underside, the chassis rails look well preserved
  • Outriggers and floors all look clean for the age of vehicle
  • The owner reports the Kombi as running and driving well

Summary


Of course, the Volkswagen family of commercial vehicles and small buses enjoy a huge, worldwide following. They exude the charm, simplicity and practicality of earlier, simpler times. In Kombi, or bus, versions the T2s offer quirky transport for the driver and a varying number of friends.

In our example’s case that would be the driver and seven friends at full capacity. It’s a great configuration that would prove ideal for quirky, period hotel transport or similar. The interior is in great shape and really requires nothing attending to. The exterior of the Kombi looks great, combining the classic bay window look with the more contemporary, split rim alloy wheels. In short, this is a very nicely preserved example with almost everything in its favour.

 Be sure to snap it up today, before someone else, inevitably, does.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model T2 Baywindow Microbus
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 97,138 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2000
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom

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